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Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Tucson, Arizona

By Roger Cox, Editor

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, Tucson, AZ
©Roger Cox

Tennis has long been a central amenity at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in the foothills of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains. The 80-acre landmark dates to 1912, when the Watsons built an adobe home on the property. It later evolved into a guest ranch and then, during the tennis boom, added eight tennis courts, giving them a prime location at the top of the resort overlooking the original adobe buildings and the Tucson Valley beyond.

Westward Look may not be as glamorous as some of the late-comers, but it retains a rich Sonoran character, in its architecture and its landscape. Part of the original adobe homestead survives, converted now to a sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace. The entire property is a botanical garden of desert species, set off here and there by ramadas with bird feeders and interpretive tiles about wildlife.
Although tennis remains a central amenity, it is not the only one. The guest ranch tradition survives in horseback rides into the adjoining hills, supplemented now by a fitness center, a spa, and three heated swimming pools, the largest of them, a lap pool, immediately adjacent to the tennis courts.
Otherwise, Westward Look's enthusiasm for group business shows in a three-story ballroom—the tallest building on the property—whose covered top-floor terrace has a 360-degree view that takes in the five mountain ranges ringing the valley.

Tennis Features

Pro Shop: 520-917-2466 or 800-722-2500, ext. 489
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The complex of eight courts begins near the pro shop and cascades down the slopes of the foothills through a botanical garden of desert foliage. It has a tiny pro shop, with balls, accessories, on-site restringing, and snacks. Throughout much of the winter and spring, every court is likely to be in use during the prime 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. period, booked either by guests or locals for whom this is a membership club.

Tennis Staff. Tennis director Bruce Connors played tennis for the University of Arizona but then left Tucson first to pursue a professional career on the circuit followed by one in photography. After that gap, he returned to tennis, teaching and clubs and academies in Florida and Cincinnati, before finding his way back to tennis. He had been conducting Cardio tennis sessions at Westward Look when the director position became available and he took over the full operation in May 2015.
Tennis Programs. Connors stages some kind of group tennis activity daily, the most popular among them the Cardio tennis sessions and drill-and-play clinics. Beyond that, on various days there are doubles strategy sessions, men's, women's or mixed doubles morning or evening sessions, and a weekend tennis Happy Hour as well as programs for juniors, which are after school during the week or weekend mornings. Other than Happy Hour, the social events tend to be run by members themselves, though guests are often welcome as fill-ins.
Courts & Fees. There are 8 courts—5 hard (due for resurfacing), 1 cushion, and 2 synthetic grass—terraced below the pro shop. Five of them have lights. Court Fees: included in $20/day resort fee.

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Other Recreation

Golf Courses. Westward Look has no golf course of its own but does have an affiliation with many courses in the Tucson area.

Spa & Fitness Center. The Sonoran Spa at Westward Look provides massage, skin, and body treatments using products indigenous to the region. For its signature treatments those might vary seasonally: aloe vera and mint in summer perhaps, pomegranates in fall. Its seven treatment rooms are named for such healing desert plants as jojoba, Indian tea, and creosote. For those with a meditative bent, there is an outdoor labyrinth, whose stones have been laid out in a pattern inspired by the Tohono O'odham symbol, "The Man in the Maze."
The fitness center, in the same building as the tennis pro shop, is modest, with a small array of cardiovascular machines, several LifeFitness workout stations, and some hand weights. It has a gas-log fireplace, a television, and floor-to-ceiling windows on the lap pool in one direction, the main bank of courts and mountains in another.

And ... There are stables for horseback riding near the entrance to the resort—this began as a guest ranch, after all—a fitness trail that loops around the resort and other hiking trails that take off into the surrounding desert.

Lodging

The rooms are scattered through roughly 40 one- and two-story buildings that spill down the hill from the main lobby. Larger than typical hotel rooms, they have rough plaster walls, a subdued Southwestern decor, spacious bathrooms, and mountain or valley views. Many have wood-beam ceilings and patios or balconies.

Restaurants

There are two restaurants at the resort: the Gold Room and the Lookout Bar & Grille located on opposite sides of the lobby. Cuisine in the Gold Room is described as "seasonal American with a touch of heat" in a space with dazzling nighttime views of the city below. The Lookout is more casual, with tables that spill out onto the terrace and a menu that runs from quesadillas to New York strip steak. Its bar has live music on weekends.

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Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
245 E. Ina Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704
520-297-1151
Toll-free: 800-722-2500
Web Link: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa


Travel Essentials

Seasons. Tucson claims to get 350 days of sunshine a year, more, says the Convention & Visitors Bureau, than any other city in the U.S. Expect high temperatures in the mid 60s in winter, in the upper 90s in summer. The rainiest months are July, August, and September.

Travel Instructions. The resort is 20 miles from Tucson International Airport (TUS), which is just over 30 minutes' driving depending on traffic.

General Tourist Information. For information about vacationing in Tucson, visit the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau website or contact them at 110 S. Church Ave. No. 7199, Tucson, AZ 85701. Phone: 520-624-1817; Fax: 520-770-0507.

©2017 Roger Cox


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©2017 Roger Cox